“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Royal Oak in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Orson Starr Home

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By Joel S., July 3, 2010
1. Orson Starr Home Marker
Inscription.  Orson Starr (1803-1873) and his wife, Rhoda Gibbs Starr, (1806-1853) built this home in 1845. Five generations of the Starr family lived here until 1964. The house was purchased by the city of Royal Oak in 1976. Orson Starr came to this area in 1831 and began manufacturing cowbells in a factory located just north of this site. He continued this trade for forty years. The cowbells, products of Royal Oak's first industry, were stamped with Starr's trademark and are now prized by collectors.
Erected 1985 by Bureau of History. (Marker Number 484.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
Location. 42° 31.088′ N, 83° 8.735′ W. Marker is in Royal Oak, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on North Main Street 0.1 miles south of West 13 Mile Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3123 North Main Street, Royal Oak MI 48073, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By Joel S., July 3, 2010
2. Orson Starr Home
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are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Firman W. Clawson Homestead Site (approx. 0.9 miles away); Saginaw Trail / John Almon Starr House (approx. one mile away); Indian Trail (approx. one mile away); Royal Oak Township Cemetery / Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Royal Oak (approx. 1.3 miles away); Roseland Park Mausoleum (approx. 1.8 miles away); First Baptist Church of Royal Oak (approx. 1.8 miles away); Royal Oak Post Office Tragedy (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Royal Oak.
Also see . . .  Orson Starr. The township’s first well known manufacturer, Orson Starr and his family, made their living by producing both bricks and cowbells. (Submitted on July 16, 2010.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,055 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 12, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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